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NCATS/Data Translator Meeting


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)

NCATS/Data Translator Meeting

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NCATS Data Translator In Person Participant   more info Oct 25, 2017 Free  
NCATS Data Translator WebEx Participant   more info Oct 25, 2017 Free  

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NCATS launched the Biomedical Data Translator (Translator) program to accelerate biomedical translation for the research community. Through this program, NCATS will integrate existing biomedical data to help reveal new relationships within those data and also identify novel opportunities for research. The initial focus of the program is to conduct data assessment and technical feasibility analyses for building a data "Translator" that integrates data sources and types ranging from patient level phenotypic data to molecular data relevant to understanding pathophysiology.  The feasibility assessment awardees began work in November 2016. By January 2017, the 5 teams made up of over 30 investigators from 11 institutions agreed to move forward to explore the potential of using a blackboard architecture as the framework for constructing a biomedical data translator. To pressure test various aspects of feasibility, cross-cutting research questions that have been difficult to address by other means will be addressed in demonstration projects to evaluate the functionality of the newly integrated data. The type of functionality explored includes examining the impact of environmental exposures on the onset or worsening of disease; evaluating the ability to help patients for whom existing approaches have failed to identify the origin of their symptoms; and better understanding relationships between rare and common diseases. At this meeting you will hear about the exciting progress that the teams have made.


Information regarding Biomedical Data Translator can be found here 


Information regarding NCATS Furthers Efforts to Create a Data Ecosystem to Explore Disease Connections can be found here


Abstracts can be found here


Hotel information can be found here


For logistical questions, please contact Dena Procaccini (





7:45 – 8:30 AM

Name Badge Pick Up

8:30 – 8:45 AM

Overview: Noel Southall and Christine Colvis

8:45 – 9:15 AM

Pediatric Asthma and Asthma-like Conditions: Stan Ahalt, Dave Peden

9:15 – 9:45 AM

Fanconi Anemia: Framework for Translator Development: Melissa Haendel, Maureen Hoatlin

9:45 – 10:15 AM

Architecting the NCATS Data Translator: Chris Mungall, Richard Bruskiewich

10:15 – 10:45 AM


10:45 – 11:15 AM

EUREKA: Reproducible Hypothesis Testing Using Distributed Patient Data through Evidence Sharing: Chunhua Weng, Chi Yuan, Wei Wei

11:15 – 11:45 AM

Successes and Challenges Using Probabilistic Graphical Models: Jason Flannick, Vlado Dancik

11:45 – 12:15 PM

Exploring The Complex Pathogenesis Of Fanconi Anemia Using Gene Expression Networks And Data-Driven Ontologies For Querying Big Data: Theo Knijnenburg, Michael Yu

12:15 – 1:15 PM


1:15 – 1:45 PM

Using the Blackboard Architecture to Systematize Serendipity: Noel Southall, Raj Guha

1:45 – 2:15 PM

Team Science

2:15 – 2:30 PM

Closing Remarks



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Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)
100 Europa Drive
Suite 540
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)

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The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) — one of 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — was established to transform the translational process so that new treatments and cures for disease can be delivered to patients faster.

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